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Tech & Science Firefox now shines a light on websites that track you

05:50  23 october  2019
05:50  23 october  2019 Source:   cnet.com

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Infosecurity Magazine Home » News » Firefox Shines a Light on Internet Tracking . Called Lightbeam, it provides a real time visual display of all the other websites that interact with the pages viewed by the surfer. This can be via social media 'like' buttons, or simple tracking cookies.

But much of the work that Firefox does on your privacy's behalf happens in the background, so to shine a light on the lengths that sites go to track you online, Firefox now comes with a privacy report that gives you a real-time view into how frequently websites try to gather information about you

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If you're serious about protecting your information online, Firefox and its collection of privacy tools can guard your personal data as you browse websites. 

By default now, Mozilla's Firefox web browser for Windows and MacOS will protect you from trackers that gather your browsing history, cross-site tracking cookies that follow you from site to site (and is how ads follow you around), cryptominers that secretly use your device's resources to mine cryptocurrency and fingerprinters that uniquely identify you based on your device, settings and apps.

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Firefox now shines a light on websites that track you . Firefox ’s new privacy-reporting tool lets you see the cookies, trackers and fingerprinters monitoring you across the web .By default now , Mozilla's Firefox web browser for Windows and MacOS will protect you from trackers that gather your

Over the summer, Firefox rolled out enhanced privacy protections aimed at blocking tracking requests, a feature that became standard with September's While these protections mostly took place behind the scenes, with its latest release, Firefox is ready to shine a light on third-party trackers with a new

But much of the work that Firefox does on your privacy's behalf happens in the background, so to shine a light on the lengths that sites go to track you online, Firefox now comes with a privacy report that gives you a real-time view into how frequently websites try to gather information about you without your consent. Here's how to use Firefox's new Privacy Protection report.

How to use Firefox's privacy report

The report shows you the trackers, cookies, fingerprinters and cryptominers Firefox is guarding against. 

1. Make sure you're on Firefox 70 (you can download it if you don't have it).

a screenshot of a cell phone: See exactly which trackers, cookies and other items Firefox is blocking. Screenshot Clifford Colby / CNET © Provided by CBS Interactive Inc. See exactly which trackers, cookies and other items Firefox is blocking. Screenshot Clifford Colby / CNET

2. In the address bar, click the shield over on the left. (The shield will be be dark gray if Firefox doesn't detect trackers on the page and a purple-blue if it's blocking anything.)

3. In the "Blocked" area, tap a label to see exactly which trackers, cookies and other items Firefox has blocked on that web page from tracking you.

4. Down toward the bottom, tap Protection Settings to manage how Firefox protects you.

5. And then at the very bottom, tap Show Report to view a day-by-day report of trackers Firefox has blocked.

Firefox to crack down on pesky notification pop-ups .
The dialog boxes fail to win us over 99% of the time. Why put up with them?Mozilla studied the situation and found that we really, really don't like those permission pop-ups. "About 99% of notification prompts go unaccepted, with 48% being actively denied by the user," Mozilla said in a Monday blog post. For that reason, Firefox will block that pop-up by default starting in January with Firefox 72.

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